Friends, Partners & Lovers: What It Takes to Make Your Marriage Work by Kevin A. Thompson is a book that emphasizes three important components for a healthy, long-lasting marriage: being friends, being partners, and being lovers.
Throughout the book, Thompson shows the need for mutual love and respect in marriage. One of my favorite chapters, “How I Predict Divorce Based on the Wedding Cake,” shows how “respect determines influence” in a marriage. Thompson ends each chapter with helpful reflection questions, such as, “Are you spending adequate time together for your friendship to develop? What does that look like to you?” The author shares good advice.